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battle

noun

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1 a forceful effort to reach a goal or objective
  • passing the medical licensing exam was an uphill battle, but she succeeded

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2 a physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups
  • a battle between rival gangs left two people lying dead on the street

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3 active fighting during the course of a war
  • soldiers who desperately wanted to forget the horrors that they had witnessed in battle

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4 an earnest effort for superiority or victory over another
  • the chess game was a real battle between two of the world's best players

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battle

verb

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1 to engage in a contest
  • the two teams, which have long been archrivals, will battle on the court for the state championship

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2 to enter into contest or conflict with
  • the two top-seeded tennis players battled each other for almost three hours

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3 to oppose (someone) in physical conflict
  • the two armies battled each other for control of the bridge

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4 to strive to reduce or eliminate
  • we must battle hunger and poverty wherever they exist

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The first known use of battle was in the 13th century

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“Battle.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/battle. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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